- Rock 01: June 27 - July 03
- Rock 02: Aug. 22 - Aug. 28. Departure links with the Liverpool Mathew Street Beatles Fest.
- Rock 03: Sept. 19 - Sept. 25. Links with special Jimi Hendrix Day tour in London, 18 Sept.
This is a tour that rock fans will just not want to miss!! The year marks several massive anniversaries; it’s 50 years since Eddie Cochrane’s death, 40 since the Beatles officially broke up, the first Glastonbury Festival and the death of Jimi Hendrix, 30 since Pink Floyd played ‘The Wall’ at Earls Court and 25 since Live Aid. See London, Liverpool, Cambridge and Manchester; from the 1960s to date their combined rock roll-call is a ‘Hall of Fame’. You’re going to see the sites, hear the stories, enjoy the legends, and party! You’ll also see stunning countryside, ancient castles and stately homes. This is an ideal and unforgettable way for rock fans to see Britain!
Day 1, Sunday: Our tour commences at 09.00 from the Columbia Hotel, Bayswater. This is London’s rock’n’roll hotel (mentioned in Oasis lyrics amongst many others) so it’s the appropriate place to start the tour! Today, we enjoy a full day discovering the city’s iconic landmarks associated with the Rolling Stones, Beatles, Clapton, Sex Pistols, The Clash, Marc Bolan, Bowie, Radiohead, Coldplay, Queen, Led Zeppelin and more! Our September tour focuses on Jimi Hendrix, who died at a London apartment 40 years ago this very weekend. You’ll see houses where the rock stars lived, died and partied! We have movie and video locations, recording studios, and legendary gig sites. A high point of the day will be taking a walk across Abbey Road. This evening we enjoy a ‘beggars banquet’ at The Rolling Stones restaurant ‘Sticky Fingers’ together. Night Stop: London, Columbia or Hyde Park Towers (BB + dinner).
Day 2, Monday: Today, we enjoy a day seeing Cambridge and North eastern London. Our featured band is Pink Floyd but we’ll also see sites connected with Iron Maiden, the Kinks, Clash, Rod Stewart and a host of others. You also have free time to enjoy the ancient university city of Cambridge. Tonight, we’ll take you out to find some live music and to see where some of rock greatest moments happened in the clubs and pubs of central London. Night Stop: London, Columbia or Hyde Park Towers (BB).
Day 3, Tuesday: We depart London stopping first to see several Beatle film locations. Who fans, this is also your day! We’ll see where the band first started and various of the band’s houses. Next we drive to see George Harrison’s house and Dusty Springfield’s grave at the pretty riverside village of Henley. Our route today also takes us past the site where rock was robbed of the great Eddie Cochran in a car crash, fifty years ago this year. We also have a few more rock visits en route focusing on Led Zeppelin and the Stones. Night Stop: South Wales (BB + dinner).
Day 4, Wednesday: Raglan Castle was built in the 13th century but it was used in Robert Plant’s sequences in ‘The Song Remains the Same’ providing us with a great excuse for going there! Rockland studios are also nearby. We’ll introduce you to Wales’s rock history (Tom Jones, this Manic Street Preachers, Super Furry Animals and Stereophonics amongst them!) There are other Zeppelin sites as we then travel north to Ozzy Osbourne’s Midlands. Tonight we’ll discover the local music scene that gave birth to Black Sabbath and Robert Plant and Jon Bonham (who died 30 years ago this year)! Night Stop: Wolverhampton/Birmingham area (BB).
Day 5, Thursday: Today the focus is on the Fab Four and we take a Beatle sites tour visiting the boys’ original houses, Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields. Also included on today’s itinerary is the fantastic Beatles Story Exhibition and a ferry ‘cross the Mersey. Tonight, we’ll have fun at the famed Cavern Club! Night Stop: Liverpool (BB).
Day 6, Friday: After a visit to the Beatles Story, we take the 50-minute ride to Manchester, the UK’s greatest ‘hidden’ rock secret! ‘What Manchester does today, London does tomorrow’ has been this cities proud boast. Where do we start? Herman’s Hermits, Graham Nash and The Hollies, 10CC, Simply Red, Factory Records, Oasis, The Smiths, The Hacienda and Happy Mondays, John Mayall, Joy Division (it’s the 30th anniversary of Ian Curtis’s suicide), The Buzzcocks, The Bee Gees, Barclay James Harvest, The Verve, The Fall, James, New Order, The Stone Roses… the list is endless. You’ll enjoy a fully-guided tour of the rock sites, stars homes, album covers and lyric references. Tonight we’ll enjoy a traditional end of tour party! Night Stop: Manchester (BB + dinner).
Note: Those going on to festivals depart by train either this evening or first thing tomorrow (Saturday) morning.
Day 7, Saturday: We drive south to London and en route take the advantage of the stopping at Stratford upon Avon, Oxford (Radiohead and Supergrass) and finally, some end of tour ‘Madness’ at Camden Town! Night Stop: London (accommodation not included in package but available for supplemental fee).
Rock Tour Extensions Ideas:
* Dublin: valid any departure date. You fly to Dublin from Manchester and spend two fantastic nights in U2’s city, enjoying a fully guided tour of the city’s rock sites (bands include U2, Thin Lizzy, Cranberries, Sinéad O'Connor, Rory Gallagher, Boomtown Rats). Your evenings are spent discovering Dublin’s musical pubs! You fly back to London.
* Glastonbury Festiva: 40th Anniversary festival! festival dates are Wednesday 23rd until Sunday 27th June.
* Reading Festival: festival dates are August 28th – August 30th. Reading is only 30 miles from London.
* Liverpool Mathew Street Beatles Fest: festival dates are August 28th – August 30th. Liverpool is a quick train ride from Manchester.
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